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Supreme Court Clinic

Founded in 2009, the Supreme Court Clinic is the first in the nation to closely integrate practical experience on Supreme Court matters with a semester-long academic seminar on the workings of the Court.   

Clinic students assist on real Supreme Court cases, including recruiting, strategizing, researching, writing briefs, and participating in moot court rehearsals that are held before oral arguments at One First Street.

Clinic Faculty

Supreme Court Practice and Process Seminar

Students take this seminar, either before or at the same time as the Supreme Court Clinic. Students study the Supreme Court primarily from the point of view of the advocacy process that precedes and influences the Court’s decisions and meet with leading advocates. The course examines the nature of effective advocacy before the Court and the ways in which advocates’ strategies may (or may not) influence the Court at each stage of a case – the petition for certiorari and brief in opposition; merits briefs by petitioner and respondent; and oral argument. The seminar includes consideration of one or more cases currently before the Court, with a trip to the Court to hear an oral argument if feasible.

 

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